Kids are ‘failing’ online learning

As part of a recent weekly update on education during the epidemic, Los Angeles integrated Superintendent Austin Beutner Announced A “sobering” fact: Students are still struggling with the switch to online teaching months after in-class classes have closed.

“We can see in the attendance figures, which are usually seen below when there are students in schools,” Beatner said in the address. “And we can see this in assessing the progress that students are making in their studies. Ten weeks in this semester is the share of students in both middle school and high school who are receiving D and F compared to last year. “

Some middle school students saw the rate of D and F as high as 30%, according to a chart released at the time. And students who were already particularly disadvantaged – those who were from low-income schools, or who had disabilities or other barriers – are getting the toughest by far.

Now the problems are revolving around the United States, as grades arrive and students see signs of slipping, there is a growing concern about how students are falling behind — and why they were exposed during the epidemic. Being punished academically.

Rand Corporation assistant policy researcher Melissa Dilberti said, “I think from my point of view one can say that being graded makes me feel like I’m more apt to try on assignments. If I know that a letter grade. joined.” D. Candidates, who are researching how teachers approach distance education. “But I also, as a student, appreciate it at some level. When the world is going to pieces around you it’s hard to focus on things or to feel like what you’re doing is worthwhile or important. is. “

How bad is the problem?

Los Angeles is hardly any alone. Elsewhere in California, a San Diego Superintendent Told the Los Angeles Times That more than 14% of all grades have more than doubled failed grades during the epidemic. An Oregon High School Told the Associated Press That the failing grade jumped from 8% to 38% of all grades in October. One Bay Area District Told the mercury news He said that they will increase the number of students with more than one failing grade by more than 10% marks to 29%, which is almost one third of all students. state Now facing trial Failing to provide claims that black and Latina families have been depressed during the epidemic Equal education opportunity Under the constitution of the state.

Around the United States, as a grade trickle, it has become clear how devastating the switch to distance education is for many students. In Austin, preliminary data Released to local journalists Noted that there was a 70% increase in failing grades. (A spokesperson for the Austin Independent School District, Christina Nguyen, said recently updated data showed that the district overall has not seen a significant increase in grading, although secondary schools have seen an increase. )

One Particularly detailed report From Fairfax, Va., The first quarter grade found that F increased from 6% earlier this year to 11%.

The report concludes that there was a “widening gap” between students: “Students who previously performed slightly better than expected primarily during this year’s Q1,” according to the report, while students who previously performed well Not doing well, he did quite well. Less fine. “

What is growth?

It is clear that many students are still struggling with the switch to distance education, with some facing more barriers than others.

The problems were hardly surprising. Since the early days of the epidemic, when schools closed for the first time, teachers noted declining attendance rates, often with the poorest schools seeing the biggest drop. In August, for example, The Markup Remote presence analyzed For 800 Florida schools and found that low-income schools saw the steepest drop in participation. Other research is Produced similar findings From all over america

While students are Emotionally afflicted, They too Suffering from technical bottlenecks With remote technology, and those problems are having an adverse effect on students who were already struggling the most for quality education.

Nevertheless, researchers and administrators do not always have enough data to track the specific things that are causing the grade the most damage. How many students fail to turn in an assignment, or are poorly classified, and how many never log into the software?

“There is clearly some learning impairment,” said Felice Jordan, editorial director of FutureAid, an education think tank at Georgetown University. “But we’re not sure why they’re getting an F.”

Try to fix the problem

Some districts, including New York City, are moving to bring some students back to class. But with infection rate Constantly breaking records, Other districts are pushing back Their reopening dates, some indefinitely.

“The simple fact is that some students are struggling online,” Superintendent Beatner said in his address last month.

“The best solution for this is to get students back to schools as soon as possible in the safest way possible,” Beatner said. “We made a commitment to everyone in the school community to maintain the highest standard of safety in schools and we are taking all necessary steps to implement it.” District Plans announced Last month to bring some students back to school, but the most recent wave of COVID-19 cases is Raised possibility Any mass withdrawal.

Meanwhile, some districts are changing how they can reach students.

Fairfax County Public Schools spokesman Lucy Caldwell said in an email to The Markup that the district has “taken some preliminary action to support students during this very unusual school year” and is looking for more ways to do so will do.

“Some examples include: We moved up the first quarter, we enabled schools to offer ‘catching days’ to their staff and students, we conducted surveys to monitor how our students are doing. I have issued a ‘check’ and we have changed the expectation of workload out of class, ”Caldwell said.

And some schools, Jordan of FutureAid said, meanwhile going only to grades, turn to qualitative measures of success – giving broad feedback on a paper, say, without scoring it.

a recent report DANDberti, researcher at RAND Corporation, and his colleagues found that as of the fall of this year, about 59% of teachers were giving letter grades to students, while others went into the pass / fail system, providing feedback without any grades. Were doing, or just check the assignment for completion. Even there was a dramatic increase from spring, when only about 35% were assigning grades.

Some teachers saw a change in strategy as the most thoughtful way to help students through an unprecedented situation. As Jordan said, a teacher put it on a recent FutureEd panel: “Grace Over Grades.”

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